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IoE Number: 388025
Photographer: Mr Mike Widdas
Date Photographed: 14 February 2002
Date listed: 03 October 1974
Date of last amendment: 06 June 1994
Grade II*

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MANCHESTER SJ89SW COLLEGE ROAD, Whalley Range 698-1/8/827 (South side) 03/10/74 GMB National College (Formerly Listed as: COLLEGE ROAD, Whalley Range (South side) Lancashire Independent College) GV II* College for training of Non-Conformist ministers, now Trade Union college. 1840-43, by Irwin and Chester, wings re-built to 3 storeys and hall added in late 1870s; altered. Sandstone ashlar (brick at rear), slate roofs. Elongated E-plan, the main range facing north, with rear wings, that in the centre containing the former chapel or hall. Gothick style. Two storeys raised over a full basement storey, plus central tower, 1:9:3:9:1 windows, symmetrical, the centre and ends breaking forwards. The central entrance block, forming an eye-catching feature, has set-back buttresses (finished as pinnacles), steps up to a moulded Tudor-arched doorway under a shield with angel supporters, a full-height oriel above with transomed windows of 3 and 2 stages separated by panelling with a clock-face, a pierced parapet and crocketed corner pinnacles, and an octagonal 2-stage lantern with open arcading, gargoyles and pinnacles. The 9-bay side ranges have Tudor-arched arcades to a cloister which runs through the whole and has 2-light mullioned windows to the basement, a string-course over this, large 6-light mullion-and-transom windows to the principal floor with a drip-band stepped over them, 2-light mullioned windows to the top floor, and an embattled parapet. The wings have oriel windows and crow-stepped gables with crocketed corner pinnacles. All windows have geometrical leaded glazing. The rear and rear wings, of brick, have similar transomed windows, those in the hall Tudor-arched and with cusped lights. Interior: galleried entrance hall; good Gothick decoration to most rooms on the principal floor (including Tudor-arched doors, moulded plaster ceilings, fireplaces, etc. History: built to provide higher education for Nonconformists (excluded from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge until 1871), ante-dating Owens College (1851) with which it jointly established the Victoria University of Manchester in 1880.

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